Chris Marker (born on July 29th, 1921 in Neuilly-sur-Seine and died on July 29th, 2012 in Paris) was a filmmaker, writer, illustrator, translator, photographer, editor, philosopher, essayist, critic, poet and producer. His most well known works are: La Jetée (1962), A Grin Without a Cat (1977), Sans Soleil (1983) and AK (1985), a film essay on the Japanese filmmaker Akira Kurosawa. His most notable works are his documentaries, defined according to André Bazin as cinematographic essays.
That being said, Chris Marker was not one to work alone and he collaborated with filmmakers, actors, artists and even workers: Costa-Gavras, Yves Montand, Alain Resnais, Yannick Bellon, Alexandre Medvedkine, Jorge Semprun, Benigno Cacérès, Thoma Vuille, Mario Ruspoli, Joris Ivens, Haroun Tazieff, William Klein, Mario Marret, Akira Kurosawa, Patricio Guzman… He was an avid supporter of the Kourtrajmé and Islid Le Besco collective, in which he witnesses a “new new wave”.
All along his career, Marker was extremely interested in observing history and its complexities, observing it with a discerning, ironic, amused and occasionally infuriated eye. The topics of memory and nostalgia of reinvented past times but forever lost are at the heart of his reflections.
Alain Resnais, one of Marker’s dear friends and collaborators defined him as, ‘the prototype of the twenty-first century man.’ The film theorist Roy Armes said Marker was ‘unclassifiable because he is unique… The French Cinema has its dramatists and its poets, its technicians, and its autobiographers, but only has one trust essayist: Chris Marker.’
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